Reports by Mr Costello
I'm not quite sure what we have done to anger the gods of sport. Perhaps I trod on a toe or two in a former incarnation but our results over the last two evenings have been a little hard to take. Is it that they are evening the score on account of my charming demeanour and lightning wit or just rotten luck?
Either way, Year 11 teams have endured heartbreaking losses via two of the most dreaded events in sport. The penalty shootout and overtime. Both to Teddington.
First on Wednesday 20 November it was the eagerly awaited Year 11 Borough Football Grand Final. RPA started favourites, having beaten the same opposition 3-0 earlier in the season, but inexplicably began the game slowly. The usual bite and closing down in midfield gave way to a listless opening in which Teddington bossed possession. That said, Kallum had little to do in goal before Teddington hit the post on 20 minutes. Rather than heeding the early warning, RPA got frustrated with each other and went a goal down after Kallum had made a good save low to his right. This seemed to finally light the RPA fire and they made an immediate riposte, seemingly drawing level until they were thwarted by the linesman's offside flag. They again sprang to life to equalise legitimately two minutes later with a deflected finish from Rasharn.
The second half was a very tight affair in which both sides created some half chances but neither could capitalise. RPA threatened sporadically and defended resolutely but in truth they never really hit their stride or played to their full potential with Teddington shading the contest. The full time whistle blew, bringing about the lottery that is penalties. William bravely stepped up to take the first after Teddington had confidently dispatched theirs, and had a decent spot kick well saved. Teddington scored again to make it two out of two when George couldn't slot the ball past the 'keeper. Billy did his bit, taking an excellent penalty but it was too little, too late as Teddington scored again to win 3-1 on penalties.
Team: Kallum, Jamie, Fred, Billy, Freddie, William, Alex, Mason, George, Craig, Leo, Ariwan, Wahlid
Number 1 dominated in the overtime period, scoring 3 "and 1s" (where you score a basket whilst being fouled and get an extra shot) to ice the game 43-35. He scored 38 points (you do the maths...) and RPA actually defended him brilliantly, especially Emre (next time we need to force him right as well as double-teaming him throughout). Man- what can you say? The team were dejected at the final buzzer, and felt that they'd let the game slip through their grasp. I agreed, but was very proud of their performance. At least Number 1 was an excellent sport and a genuinely nice lad!
Team- Axel, Craig, Billy, Moses, Rasharn, Dapo, Vadim, Nish, Emre Thanks to Courteney and Alam for running the bench!